Resources for Torah Study
A Torah scroll contains 304,805 letters, 79,847 words, 54 parshiyot (portions), and 5 books. The sofer will be writing most of those letters, but you have an opportunity to start writing the Torah yourself. No parchment required. All you need is this copy of the Tekiah and five minutes a day.
Each month's Tekiah contains three verses. These verses are your first opportunity to participate in the Torah writing project. The plan is for each of us to read, learn and write these verses. Just like showing up for 15 minutes on Shabbat, we believe this practice of five minutes a day will be an easy way to bring Torah to your center, to your home, to read, learn and write. If you find the full verse too intimidating to start, there is another track. We want you to tackle what you can handle and what you can actually learn. So, there are a few words in each verse that are bolded. These bold words are the ikar of the verse, the most essential part. If the full verse is too much, devote your five minutes to the ikar in bold letters.
Each verse is broken up into three sections titled, “Read.” “Learn.” and “Write.” Spend five minutes a day working on reading, learning, or writing the verse. Consider these your Torah minutes each day.
Read it. Learn it. Write it.
May 2013 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
April 2013 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
March 2013 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
February 2013 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
January 2013 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
December 2012 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
November 2012 Tekiah Insert - Rabbi Rebecca Reice - Click here to download
On-Line Resources for Torah Study
AMIT Daily Torah Study http://www.amitchildren.org/dvararc.asp
AMIT stands for Americans for Israel and Torah. The Divrei Torah available on this site are written by students learning in AMIT schools in Israel. These are commentaries written by students for students.
Bar Ilan University: Academic Articles on the Weekly Torah Reading www.biu.ac.il/JH/Parasha/eng/
Americans Lectures on the weekly Torah reading by the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan Israel. A project of the Faculty of Jewish Studies, Paul and Helene Shulman Basic Jewish Studies Center, and the Office of the Campus Rabbi. Published on the Internet under the sponsorship of Bar- Ilan University’s International Center for Jewish Identity.
Especially for Girls www.mybatmitzvahstory.org
A weekly cartoon about the story Jews are reading in the Torah right now. A different writer tells the parasha in four minutes.
My Jewish Learning www.myjewishlearning.com
This excellent site touts itself as “...a trans-denominational Website of Jewish information and education geared toward learners of all religious and educational backgrounds.” This is a great site to peruse as a family!
Portion Clubs www.emitz.com
Sign up and under “Torah” you can connect with other parents or students preparing to read and teach from the same Torahportion. Parents may find other helpful information on this site.
Union for Reform Judaism http://urj.org/learning/torah/
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) offers a weekly Torah study written by rabbis and educators from across the United States. Most recently, these are written as ready-to-use Torah studies. Older versions are written mostly as mini-sermons.